Going after ‘loopholes’ is good politics, but bad news for taxpayers.
By Jon Basil Utley
Romney’s campaign musings about how he would cut income tax rates by 20 percent (when half of Americans don’t even pay income taxes) has now floated the ultimate loser for all tax paying Americans. This is a $17,000 limit per person for all deductions including mortgage interest, charitable, and state taxes. The concept was first floated by Obama to limit charitable deductions to a maximum rate of 28 percent for high income taxpayers, even though marginal tax rates are at 35 percent and may go to 39 percent at the end of this year. Once the principle is established to curtail deductions, future congresses can then cut them more and more…
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Will Vote Fraudsters Steal This Election?
With an extremely divided electorate and the Pew Center reporting that the names of 1.8 million dead people are still on the voting rolls, a small amount of vote fraud could swing key races and even determine who sits in the Oval Office in January 2013.
ISSUE: Voter Fraud does exist. Just a few weeks ago, the Democrat Party nominee in a Maryland congressional district withdrew her candidacy after citizen activists uncovered the fact that in two election cycles she voted in BOTH Maryland and Florida.
ACTION: It is the duty of every freedom-loving American to vote and do your part to safeguard the integrity of the election process. Make sure your vote doesn’t get stolen by someone pretending to be you! Make sure your valid ballot doesn’t get canceled out by a fraudulent one!
Five Things Conservatives Should Do to Protect Election Integrity:
- Immediately contact local election administration / agency and offer your services to be trained and to work as an election official. Early voting has started in many places – but most jurisdictions are STILL searching for competent, qualified workers for Election Day and election administration. This is the first line of defense for protecting the integrity of the election!
- Help friends, family, and like-minded neighbors get registered to vote. They can find out how at ChampionTheVote.org.
- Find out where and when you can vote early and other breaking news about vote fraud at ProtectYourVote.us.
- Help verify voter registration lists and look for fraud through TrueTheVote.org.
- Report suspected vote fraud to your local or state elections board, or by downloading the free mobile app at AmericanMajorityAction.org/voterfraudapp.
NOTE: 501(c) (3) organizations can certainly recruit people to be election officials, even if they cannot spend funds recruiting campaign volunteers for a campaign.
Republican Study Committee voter ID efforts:
Policy Brief: http://rsc.jordan.house.gov/uploadedfiles/rsc_policy_brief- 112th_congress_voter_id_legislation_and_related_examples-final.pdf
Here is some more information on Voter Integrity issue:
O’Keefe videos and voter fraud:
The (Manchester) Union Leader published Peter Thomas’ and Peter Ferrara’s op-ed “Romney’s Plan Doesn’t Raise Middle Class Taxes”
The Obama campaign has poured millions into advertising claiming that Mitt Romney’s tax proposals would increase taxes by $2,000 a year on the average middle class family. That is a brazen fabrication.
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Senator Coburn released the 2012 government “Wastebook” report. Download it, read it and share it with your friends:
U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) today released a new oversight report, “Wastebook 2012” that highlights more than $18 billion in examples of some of the most egregious ways your taxpayer dollars were wasted in 2012. This report highlights 100 of the year’s countless unnecessary, duplicative and low-priority projects spread throughout the federal government.
“The problem in Washington is politicians are very specific about what we should fund but not specific about what we should cut. As a result, we are chasing robotic squirrels and countless other low-priority projects over a fiscal cliff,” said Dr. Coburn.
“This report also exposes the folly of across-the-board-cuts or sequestration. There is no question we can find hundreds of billion dollars of waste in our budget. Yet, by not going through the budget line by line and setting priorities we are protecting ridiculous programs like caviar promotion and climate change musicals while cutting vital programs. Until Congress has the guts to cut specific programs we will never get our debt under control. As these examples illustrate, it is not nearly as hard to make those choices as many politicians claim. Instead of spending federal dollars to help golfers imagine a smaller hole we should be trying to shrink the hole in our budget,” Dr. Coburn said.
Examples of wasteful spending highlighted in “Wastebook 2012” include:
• Tax loopholes for the National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL) and Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) – professional sports leagues that generate billions of dollars annually in profits ($91 million in taxes)
• Moroccan pottery classes (part of a $27 million grant from U.S. Agency for International Development)
• Efforts to promote caviar consumption and production ($300,000)
• Robotic squirrel named “RoboSquirrel” (part of a $325,000 grant from the National Science Foundation)
• Promotion of specialty shampoo and other beauty products for cats and dogs ($505,000)
• Corporate welfare for the world’s largest snack food producer, PepsiCo Inc. ($1.3 million)
• Government-funded study on how golfers might benefit from using their imagination, envisioning the hole is bigger than it actually is ($350,000)
• “Prom Week,” a video game that allows taxpayers to relive prom night ($516,000)
• Oklahoma’s layover boondoggle, a scarcely used airport in Oklahoma receiving nearly half-a-million in taxpayer dollars only to transfer funds elsewhere in the state ($450,000)
• The 2012 Alabama Watermelon Queen tour paid for in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “to promote the consumption of Alabama’s watermelon through appearances of the Alabama Watermelon Queen at various events and locations” ($25,000)
Read the full report: here
View a complete list and summary of Wastebook 2012 projects: here
Flip through the “Wastebook Storybook” for highlights: here
by TCC Chairman Peter Thomas & Peter Ferrara
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz described the Medicare reforms proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) as “literally a death trap for seniors.” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that Ryan’s reforms would “change Medicare as we know it.”
Thomas & Ferrara: The U.S. expressway to Greece
(Op-ed published in the Washington Times)
Obama’s deficits 8 times higher than previous presidents’
When President Obama entered office, federal spending for fiscal 2008 already was way too high at nearly $3 trillion. Four years later, for fiscal 2012, Mr. Obama’s 2013 budget, released in February, shows he already has increased federal spending and the size of the federal government by more than 25 percent in just one term.
But that was just a warm-up for Mr. Obama. Obamacare, for example, does not even become fully effective until 2014 and is projected by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to increase federal spending by another $1.76 trillion by itself over the next 10 years. Mr. Obama’s 2013 budget proposes to increase total federal spending by another 53 percent by 2022, to $5.82 trillion, the highest government spending in world history…